In memoriam. Tie a ribbon of remembrance - 10th anniversary of September 11 public art exhibit. St. Paul’s Chapel. Financial District, New York City.
I found myself in the vicinity of Ground Zero late last night. I hadn’t planned on going there and I didn’t intend to come back today to the same spot again. I certainly hadn’t intended to even post about 9-11. However, I was bombarded with many emotions I had repressed over these past 10 years that came flowing out like an overflowing dam when I sat across from where the World Trade Center had once stood.
I came across one of the most beautiful public memorial exhibits for 9-11 while in the area. Called Tie a Ribbon of Remembrance, it is a temporary public art exhibit curated by Trinity Wall Street where the public was encouraged to write out their personal sentiments about 9-11 on white ribbons which were then tied to the fence at St. Paul’s Chapel, a chapel that has been standing in the same spot since 1766. St. Paul’s Chapel is Manhattan’s oldest public building in continuous use and also a place where George Washington once worshiped. It sits directly across from ‘Ground Zero’.
I walked along the thousands of white ribbons trying to hold each written thought in my hand and my thoughts went back the thoughts that ran through my head a few months after 9-11 every morning when I arrived at work 3 blocks away from Ground Zero. It was a transitional time in my own life, in New York City and in the whole world. I would get out of the train, look around slowly, swallow the inevitable lump in my throat and think that those of us who were lucky enough to still be here should celebrate the life we have and embrace every single moment with clarity, love and hope.
I stand by this sentiment 10 years later. We may never fully achieve the closure we seek in the wake of senseless atrocity but we can embrace the life we are lucky enough to experience every day and seek to find hope, peace and love through even the most trying moments.
I have posted a series of 9 photos taken last night and today on my Google Plus profile here of you are interested (including the photo in this post):
I had the pleasure of getting a tour of the currently unfinished 4 World Trade Center (4 WTC) earlier with one of the site’s architects. It was for an upcoming gallery piece I am shooting for a piece in the Guardian. I will, of course, share more details about it in a few weeks.
What an honor. This is a photo I took with the Sony A7 of 1 WTC reflected in the glass of 4 WTC from the 57th floor terrace of 4 WTC. For scale, if you squint really hard you can see little ol’ me taking the photo. :)
Can’t wait to share more about this project soon!
Information about my New York City photography book which is releasing in stores and online in the autumn of 2014 (including where to order it):